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VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

DIMANCHE

May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Anders Osborne, Tank and the Bangas (PHOTOS)

Stephen Charles Nicholson Photographs YLC Wednesday at the Square



On Wednesday (7.17), one of the most exciting shows in the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) Wednesday at the Square 2017 programming took place in Lafayette Square. In the penultimate concert in the 12-week series, NOLA all-stars Anders Osborne and Tank and the Bangas took to the stage, performing a rollicking show that beat all hump day blues. Scroll on for photos from Stephen Charles Nicholson. 


Super 'Stars'

Water Seed Talks New Album, ‘We Are Stars’



Ahead of the Friday (5.19) release of their album We Are Stars, Water Seed spoke with NoDef about their first full-length LP, their ongoing residency at one of Frenchmen’s famed clubs, and the band’s plans for interstellar domination. 


Go Back to the 80’s with HOPfest 2017

30th Anniversary Benefit for HIV Outpatient Clinic



New Orleans is no stranger to festivals — among the ranks of music, food, beer, and film themed happenings, the fourth annual HOPfest offers a fest for a cause. On Saturday (5.20), the one-night event will benefit the HIV Outpatient Program (HOP), a part of University Medical Center. 


Central City Oasis

Learn About New Tiki Bar, Portside Lounge



Stepping inside from the afternoon’s searing lime white sun, it took a moment of adjustment to fully take in the impressively subtle tiki decor and turquoise colors of Portside Lounge, Central City’s newest neighborhood spot nestled a few lakeside blocks from the St. Charles streetcar line. Yet after taking a seat at the bar with owner Danny Nick and head bartender Rachel Rose, everything came into full view.


Horoscopes for Week of May 15th



How do you want this summer to look for you? What are you determined to accomplish? What ideas have been percolating in your head for too long? This is the week to manifest your best summer ever. As you craft your plans, keep this truth in mind—you are a creative being worthy of love and support. People may have their opinions and their side eye, but focus on what you can control (hint: just you) and shake off any insecurities that may come as you map your summer out.


NOLA Lore: Jean Lafitte, the Pirate of New Orleans



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the swashbuckling adventures of Jean Lafitte. 


Vinyl Destination

Record Raid Returns for Spring Fair



For any music lover, it’s hard to beat the rush that comes with finding a hard-sought LP. “It’s a bit like treasure hunting,” said Hunter King, a WTUL DJ and founder of Record Raid. “There’s a sense like, ‘I can’t believe this found it’s way to me.’ And to play vinyl, it’s a bit ritualistic. There’s a ceremony to it, you know?” On Saturday (5.13), audiophiles and physical format neophytes alike will share in the day of digging with the music-focused flea market offering live DJs spinning music, raffles, food trucks, and of course, vinyl. 


Drink Pink

Bacchanal Wine Hosts 8th Annual Rosé Fest



On Saturday (5.13), Bywater watering hole Bacchanal Wine will offer patrons la vie en rose — or more accurately, vino en rosé — with the 8th annual Rosé Fest. 


Balancing Act

Stoop Kids Offer an Eclectic Sound on New Mixtape ‘Queue’



Several years back, indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch revealed his rules for making art — a list that culminated in the pronouncement that despite the gravitas that the public often awards its innovators, nothing is original. The true struggle of the artist, Jarmusch wrote, is to find a new way of expression. He wrote, “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” Stoop Kids, a New Orleans-born outfit self-described as a “psychedelic jukebox,” is a band in Jarmusch’s tradition. The group melds sunny surf-pop, heady psych-rock, with jazz, soul, hip-hop, and EDM production flourishes for a wholly unique sound that does right by its musical ancestors. 


Horoscopes for Week of May 8th



This week reminds us to take our cues from mother nature and bloom. Yes, there’s sooooo much to do /learn/unlearn/process etc. and, sometimes, we just need to let loose and have a laugh. 
 
Can you find the balance between ‘doing the work’ and finding something to celebrate everyday? The world may feel like it’s falling apart, but what still gets you excited? What allows you to breathe a sigh of relief?
 
Sun bathe and be merry. The work you need to do will get done when it is supposed to.

 


Behind the Lens

The Hidden South's Brent Walker Talks Southern Stories & Creative Ambitions



There is nothing like having a story to tell and no way to tell it. Many of us often take to social media, to our miles long “friend” list, to tell the world of our woes. While it may be true that every person has a tale to tell, many people in this country often find themselves without a platform to express it, due to a number of circumstances.

 

Brent Walker, the creative force behind The Hidden South, has done just that. He has taken the stories of individuals who might have never been able to tell them otherwise, and gives them that platform to stand tall from, all while allowing them to be exactly who they are. NoDef had a chance to sit down with the artist to learn a bit more about the project, as well as give Walker the chance to tell his own story. 


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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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